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Is San Luis Potosi Safe?

Answering the question on everyone’s mind…”Is San Luis Potosi safe?”
Even though San Luis Potosi crime rates are lower than some US cities, people still doubt safety while traveling in Mexico.

For as full of amazing surprises as Mexico is, why does that one question seem to always come up?
Travelers in America have been

Earthquake in Mexico 2017: A Review of Current Conditions and Safety for Travel

7.1 Earthquake in Mexico Devastates Mexico City and Surrounding Areas…
By now the heartbreaking news of the earthquake in México has swept across the world. Videos, pictures, and reports of the devastation caused by a 7.1 earthquake continue to pour out of the nation. Taking the full brunt of the quake, México City has found itself ground

Mexico Crime in Tourist Areas

There are reports recently of crime issues in Mexico.  The State Depatment made a recent new statement.
.    Here is a blog post that gives a balanced view  of the situation of Mexico Crime and safey in 2017;
The authors at MayanRental (actually, that is us)  feel that tourist areas are still very safe.

Is Puerto Peñasco Safe?

Puerto Peñasco safety and crime rates are often called into question but is their any merit to the questioning? Let’s take a look and find out!

Once an unassuming fishing village…

Puerto Peñasco is a fast transforming fishing village in the desert state of Sonora, connecting the Baja California Peninsula and the rest of Mexico, about 62 miles south of the border of Arizona. Puerto Penasco has quickly made a name for itself among travelers. The city offers a different vibe than Cabo and Mexico City, making it perfect for those looking for something different. Though for all it has to offer, is Puerto Peñasco safe?

To answer that question, yes it’s safe.  Despite stories about rising rates of violence, a majority of Mexico is rather safe and comparable to any other place in the world. Though just like anywhere in the world, it is not free from crime, so a bit of common sense is still needed. Though that said, to consider Mexico dangerous and crime-ridden would be a mistake. And one that would prevent you from seeing the beauty right outside your border.

Puerto Penasco safety tips…

The proximity to mainland US has made Puerto Peñasco a road tripper’s ideal getaway.

While a convenient trek just across the border, caution should be used when undertaking this journey. The U.S. State Department has issued a travel warning for the state of Sonora, citing an uptick in assaults against Americans since 2012. Cartel activity, carjacking, and highway robbery are the situations to be aware of. However, since this safety warning was announced, the Mexican government has provided more funding and police officers to these areas.

However, travelers should follow safety tips from the State Department to avoid any such circumstances. Some of the major advice is to use the Sonoyta border crossing at Lukesville, Ariz. to spend the shortest time on the road in Mexico en route to Puerto Peñasco, and driving only when the sun is up. While in the city, be a low key traveler, not flaunting wealth and just be aware of your surroundings; catch cabs only from designated taxi stands.


Seeing beyond the reports and finding a town with a rich history…

Is Puerto Peñasco safe beach side sign

Courtesy Travel Pulse

Puerto Peñasco was home to very few permanent residence until 1930, mainly due to its remote location. But since then it has bloomed into a popular beach, and fishing, locale for people from California, Arizona, and Nevada, who call it Rocky Point.

Another one of its many nicknames is “Arizona’s Beach” because of the proximity of Tucson, Phoenix, and Yuma. To promote tourism, Puerto Peñasco was declared part of the border “free zone,” meaning Americans can drive there without obtaining a visa. It has become a major tourist center in a short amount of time, with numerous hotels and camping/RV sites. An abundance of beautiful beaches, paired with an impressive display of marine life has prompted beachside homes, plans for condominiums, malls, marinas and golf courses.  The Mayan Palace resort has just added entire new upper-level units called the  Grand Mayan Puerto Penasco ,  Both are east of town about 20 minutes. 


The most important tip…

In the end, the most important safety tip is to stay away from illegal activities yourself. Unfortunately, bad things can happen anywhere. But using common sense and some specific safety tips should ensure a pleasant vacation and get you home safely. Keep these mind when traveling as well:

  • Stay on major thoroughfares where most other tourists travel
  • Never walk alone, especially at night, and be vigilant about using ATMs
  • Don’t wear jewelry or carry flashy handbags that might make you a target for pickpockets
  • When visiting bars and nightclubs, keep an eye on your drink
  • Don’t drink alcohol excessively
  • Wear your seatbelt (even though most locals don’t)

If you still want to read up on a few more tips check out our piece for staying safe in Mexico.

Or if you’re ready to see Mexico for yourself, pack your bags, find a hotel, and discover everything Mexico has to offer!

Just be sure to remember our Puerto Peñasco safety tips!

Christmas in Mexico City

Having lived in Mexico City for 10 years, I can say that the Holiday Season was some of the memorable days there and some of the best moments of my life; especially Christmas time. December is an important month in Mexico for a number of reasons. First, the day of the Virgin of Guadalupe is

Traveling Through Mexico: Some Cinco de Mayo Tips

Mexico’s Cinco de Mayo may be a well known holiday in the U.S., but contrary to belief, it’s not Mexico’s Independence Day, (which is actually on September 16). Cinco de Mayo, or Fifth of May, actually commemorates the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over the French forces of Napoleon III, on May 5, 1862, at the Battle of Puebla. Celebrating

Spring Break 2015: Traveling to Mexico

Mexico is a popular travel spot where people from all over the world come to see for themselves the beauty of this country, especially during Spring Break. As with all countries, there is always the threat of violence and Mexico is no different. It has come under some heavy fire over the years due to

Street Smarts Trump Danger: Visiting Mexico

When I was a little kid, one of the most pressing rules I remember was to look both ways before crossing the street. (I still use that one :p). This lesson in street smarts was sort of a preparatory intro to how to function in the world. It took some kids longer than others, but

Is Playa del Carmen Safe?

As always, time to address the big questions…
Is Playa del Carmen safe? Are there any Playa del Carmen safety tips we should know?
To which we answer, yes. The beautiful beachside paradise offering visitors a different taste of Mexico is safe to visit.
Despite headlines regarding violence in nightclubs, the city still remains a

Which is Safer: Cancun or Orlando?

This video and CNN article published 2013 by CNN, highlights the safety of tourist areas in Mexico.  The video raises an amazing point that Orlando , home of Disney world has a higher murder rate than Cancun.   This news is needed  to balance reports of a  growing tendency for violence in Mexico, which includes